GREENWICH — The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters issued a warning by way of electronic mail that Republican candidate for first selectman Fred Camillo was deceptive voters about his document on the surroundings.

Camillo, who’s the Republican state consultant for the 151st District, despatched unsolicited mail and emails to constituents in Greenwich that touted a rating of 100 % on environmental points from the league, whereas burying that he acquired the rating again in 2015, CTLCV Communications Director Amanda Schoen stated. His {most recent} rating is 88 % and his lifetime rating is 73 %, she stated.

CTLCV ranks every legislator by their voting historical past and on-the-record remarks on environmental points in an annual scorecard. It’s a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit group devoted to defending the surroundings by making it a precedence for the elected leaders.

The league grew to become conscious of Camillo’s mailings as a result of residents within the district despatched them screenshots, Schoen stated.

“We had been very shocked to see it,” Schoen stated. “We wish to make it {clear} that we hadn’t signed off on it.”

In Camillo’s electronic mail, the excessive rating was attributed to 2015 farther down the textual content, she stated. Schoen stated the e-mail is deceptive exactly as a result of individuals usually don’t click on via them.

“Sadly, individuals don’t all the time learn emails all the way in which down and even open them, so if you happen to’re simply seeing the title, that’s deceptive,” she stated.

Camillo stated the CTLCV’s letter was “lots to do about nothing” and known as his electronic mail’s wording a mistake that the league might have addressed with him in a cellphone name.

“They’ve by no means made an trustworthy mistake earlier than?” Camillo stated. “It’s disappointing that the CTLCV didn’t name me up. All they needed to do is name.”

His marketing campaign drafted the e-mail, and when he learn it for the primary time, Camillo stated he, too, was shocked about his 100 % rating, because the 2019 scores haven’t but been launched. When he clicked on the hyperlink, nonetheless, it directed him to his 2015 rating.

“It was nothing nefarious,” he stated. “They’re making an enormous deal out of it as a result of issues should not going effectively for them.”

The league additionally acquired copies of a mailing that begins with Camillo’s 100 % ranking from 2015, adopted by his document towards harmful pesticides, his longstanding help for inexperienced jobs, his assist initiating obligatory paper recycling in Greenwich and that he cofounded Greenwich Recycling Co. in 1989.

Schoen stated a excessive rating doesn’t carry over into a brand new yr or clean over voting patterns.

“Voters should be cautious to not take issues at face worth,” she stated. “It’s an ongoing course of and sadly, reflective of our present political state.”

Camillo stated the CTLCV mustn’t have jumped straight to the help of the Democrats.

He stated legislators might have an excellent monitor document on the surroundings however obtain low scores as a result of they get dinged for voting towards a invoice in committee though they voted for it on the ground.

“It’s loads of inside baseball stuff that folks don’t notice,” he stated.

Democrat candidate for first selectman Jill Oberlander stated the city is lucky to have devoted group members and grassroots teams which have nearly single-handedly superior Greenwich’s environmental agenda.

If elected, she stated she plans to work on vitality conservation on the town buildings, safety of pure sources, planning for local weather change and supporting elevated entry for younger and previous to group facilities and parks via accessible sidewalks, Oberlander stated.

“With regard to Fred Camillo’s misleading marketing campaign materials and inappropriate use of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters brand, his actions present a willingness to control information to puff up his document and to mislead,” she stated.

His mailers do a disservice to the nice work of CTLCV and the devoted environmental advocates locally, she stated.

“It’s critically essential at the present time that we will rely on our native leaders to be each correct and clear,” Oberlander stated.

In his bid for first selectman, Camillo has emphasised educating the general public concerning the surroundings. If elected, Camillo stated he would advocate for a statewide ban on using poisonous pesticides on non-public property — a step the city has taken for public properties.

As a state legislator, he served on the Atmosphere Committee and put ahead a number of payments, together with one which expanded recycling all through the state. He additionally co-sponsored the Local weather Change and Coastal Resiliency Invoice, which permits Greenwich and different municipalities to arrange funds to deal with storm-affected areas.

Earlier than that, he chaired the city Board of Parks and Recreation when the primary grasp plan for all the city’s parks was developed.

The league will publish its 2019 scorecard after municipal elections, Schoen stated.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com



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